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Wildcats Win Bowhunter Championship, Compete at Nationals

Andrew Rupp

In its 15th season under coach Chad Karstetter, the Wildcats competed last weekend at the season-ending outdoor national championships in Chula Vista, California, where the men’s bowhunter team placed first, one archer earned All-American honors and the team ended eighth in the country for the second year in a row.

Competing on the national-championship bowhunter team were Andrew Rupp, of Dayton; John Kleinfelter, of Lebanon; and Adam Thomas, of Shade Gap. Rupp earned All-American status, as a result of his indoor and outdoor national scores, and Kleinfelter placed eighth individually in the men’s bowhunter event.

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Niedermyer Among Nation’s Top Pastry Chefs

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer

Chef Charles R. Niedermyer II, instructor of baking and pastry arts/culinary arts, has been named among the 2017 Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America by Dessert Professional Magazine. The magazine’s publisher, Matthew Stevens, and editor, Tish Boyle, selected the honorees based on their talent, creativity, contributions to the industry and dedication to creating high-quality confections. Niedermyer earned a degree in baking and pastry arts from the college in 2000, later followed by a degree in technology management. Before returning to teach at the college, he spent several years practicing his craft in the hotel, restaurant and bakery industries, including work for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. In recent years, he was named a finalist for Team USA, which competed at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie (World Cup of Bread) in Paris, and received awards from Penn College for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Academic Advising. Dessert Professional Magazine is the nation’s leading food service publication for the chocolate, pastry, cake, artisan bread and frozen desserts industries. Making its Top 10 list is a pinnacle achievement for pastry chefs. Niedermyer will be honored at a reception in New York City in June and featured in the August issue of Dessert Professional.

Penn College Retains National ‘Tree Campus’ Designation

Holding a banner proclaiming Penn College's ongoing “Tree Campus USA” designation are (from left) Don J. Luke, director of facilities operations; Andrea L. Mull, horticulturist/grounds and motorpool supervisor; and Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture. Not pictured is Andrew Bartholomay, assistant professor of forestry, another collaborator in the college's stewardship success.

For the second straight year, Pennsylvania College of Technology has been honored with Tree Campus USA recognition for its commitment to urban forest management and environmental stewardship.

A national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, Tree Campus USA honors colleges and universities for effective forest management and for engaging employees and students in conservation goals.

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Penn College to Offer Computer Courses for Beginners

Adults who want to learn more about using today’s technology may enroll in introductory courses to be taught in July at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus.

The classes, offered through Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Penn College, require little or no previous computer knowledge.

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Practical Nursing Information Sessions to Be Held

Excellent career opportunities for licensed practical nurses exist in area hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, personal-care facilities and human-service organizations.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Outreach Practical Nursing Program, located in the Wellsboro Area School District, will host an information session for those interested in nursing as a career. The session will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, in the former music room of the school district’s administration building.

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Volkswagen Owners Club Funds New Penn College Scholarship

James Yemzow, of the Harrisburg Area Volkswagen Owners Club, accompanied by another HAVOC member, Patricia Shaffer (left) presents a check for the club’s scholarship to Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour.

The Harrisburg Area Volkswagen Owners Club has established a scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology for students enrolled in a unique major that features the restoration of classic and antique automobiles.

The new scholarship will benefit students enrolled in the automotive restoration technology Associate of Applied Science major offered by the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies at Penn College.

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Adjunct Faculty Member Coaching Finals-Bound OM Team

Denise A. Southard (standing in back) and her husband, Bret, pose with some of their Odyssey of the Mind mentees.

After capturing first in both regional and state competitions, the Curtin crew heads to OM World Finals.

A Penn College adjunct math faculty member and her team of fourth- and fifth-graders from Curtin Intermediate School are headed to the 2017 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Michigan State University this week. Denise A. Southard and her husband, Bret, coach the team of Williamsport youngsters that captured first place in Division I regional and state competitions with their problem, “A Superhero Cliffhanger.” “While there isn’t a direct connection to math, the students are required to build their props,” Denise said. “Their main prop is a storybook made from wood. They had to measure and cut all the wood in the construction of the book. The finished prop is a 5-foot-high book with seven ‘pages.’” The Southards started coaching OM when their daughters were in elementary school. (Their oldest daughter made it to the World Finals once, and their youngest achieved the honor twice.) Although their girls are older and no longer in OM, the couple continues to love being active in the program. “Ultimately, we both love the confidence it gives the students,” Denise said. “We have seen students, who were so shy they could barely talk to other team members, become stars on the stage! They learn how to think ‘outside the box,’ problem-solve and use power tools!”
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Penn College’s Spring 2017 Graduates Listed

The list of Spring 2017 graduates from Pennsylvania College of Technology has been released by the Registrar’s Office.

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College’s Spring 2017 Dean’s List Released

The Spring 2017 dean’s list has been announced at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

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Friday Picnic Collegially Ends Week, Starts Summer Hours

Acme Barbecue, a successful alumni-owned business in downtown Williamsport, kept the chowline moving with pork, chicken and all the fixins'.

Ladder golf, cornhole and Frisbee games are among the attractions on the tent-side lawn.

Student Affairs' Staff Infection team took home the Quizzo title after a nip-and-tuck battle with worthy campus challengers. The team was led by co-captains Mallory L. Weymer (right) and Jackie Klahold (center) and anchored by (from left) Lauren Healy, April M. Yancey and Elliott Strickland – who particularly helped out on questions about the '80s. Team member Kathy Zakarian is not pictured. (Photo provided)

Prize canisters fill up with tickets from those seeking to win everything from a concrete bench to meal plans to Williamsport Crosscutters tickets.

Canned goods and other food was collected on the picnic grounds to benefit students in need. (Photo by Dining Services Director Crissy L. McGinness)

Employees and retirees kicked off the unofficial start of summer Friday with a fourth annual campus picnic. Food, games, conversation and sunshine were in abundant supply in and around tents by the Penn College tennis courts, and bingo and Quizzo were available inside the Field House for those seeking a shady place to try their luck and/or flex their memory muscles. Five bins of nonperishable food items were collected, increasing donors’ odds of winning raffle prizes – and boosting the inventory for The Cupboard food pantry.

Fifteen Transcendent 2017 Grads Receive Penn College Awards

This year's recipients of Penn College Awards (from left): Mitchell J. Berninger, Garrett D. Corneliussen, Christopher M. Tkatch, Lauren J. Crouse, Abdulaziz S. Alomani, Morgan N. Keyser, Stephanie M. Puckly, Brittany R. Terpstra, Morgan E. Blackwell, Kasandra L. Smoyer, Josiah D. Stoltzfus, Meagan L. Dosch, Ainsley R. Bennett and R. Colby Janowitz. (Absent was Elizabeth L. Landis.)

Fifteen Pennsylvania College of Technology students were presented with Penn College Awards during an end-of-semester banquet at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. The awards recognize graduating students who have made outstanding contributions to the college and who have risen above their classmates as a result of that leadership.

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Penn College Athletes Honor Past, Look to Future

A new day looms on the horizon for Pennsylvania College of Technology and it comes as a result of decades of persistence, patience and effort by those who have participated in and supported Wildcat athletics.

This season, Penn College teams completed their final year as a provisional member of NCAA Division III in fine fashion with several reaching and finishing high in North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs; also, numerous student-athletes garnered all-conference honors. Beginning this fall, the Wildcats will have full NCAA membership, and, with it, the possibility of playing for national championships.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Yaw Seminar Opens Window on Workings of State Government

South Williamsport Area Jr./Sr. High School students of Ryan P. Carper (right) have a class photo taken with state Sen. Gene Yaw.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour welcomes high school students to an enlightening day ahead.

Crompton gauges the opinions of his Field House audience ...

... and jokingly takes the pulse of a student who appeared inattentive.

Yaw's "Senator for a Day" agenda included debate on a vital issue: limiting the prescribing and dispensing of opioids to patients.

High schoolers from Bradford, Lycoming and Union counties assembled at Penn College on Thursday for the annual Student Government Seminar organized by state Sen. Gene Yaw. Hundreds of attendees (students, advisers, government officials, lobbyists and members of the media) took part in the daylong gathering, the largest such Senate-organized program in the commonwealth. “This seminar is a great opportunity for high school students,” said the 23rd District Republican, who also chairs the college’s board of directors.  “It allows them to develop legislation, debate important issues with key policymakers, offer their personal input and vote on ‘mock’ bills in open session.” The intent of the event, begun more than 30 years ago under Sen. Roger A. Madigan, is for students to gain an understanding and appreciation of the legislative process and develop professional relationships that can open doors to their future. Before their brainstorming sessions, the students were treated to a rapid-fire primer on state government – as illuminating as it was irreverent – by J. Andrew “Drew” Crompton, chief of staff/counsel for Pennsylvania Senate President Pro-Tempore Joe Scarnati. A favorite part of the Yaw seminar for several years, Crompton served up a half-hour dissection of the “push and pull” within the state Legislature, blending in-your-face interactivity and infectious humor to further students’ serious understanding of the people’s business.

Fabric Installations at Penn College Explore Objects, Memories

Five panels from Kay Healy’s “Lost and Found” series will be included in her exhibit at The Gallery at Penn College.

Objects and memories, transience and stability are explored in “Vestiges,” an exhibit of fabric installations on display May 23 through July 23 in The Gallery at Penn College.

Through her drawn, screen-printed and stuffed fabric creations, Philadelphia artist Kay Healy explores themes of home, memory, displacement and loss. “Vestiges” will showcase more than 50 of the artist’s works, including five panels from the “Lost and Found” series, a life-size installation featuring three-dimensional objects from armchairs to frying pans and guitars to Teletubbies.

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